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Monday, May 22, 2017

Renowned Harvard Psychologist Says ADHD Is Largely A Fraud

So it may be surprising for you to learn that Kagan believes the diagnosis of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is an invention which mainly benefits the pharmaceutical industry and psychiatrists.

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Leading academic calls for ‘poor people’ to have less children

A prominent Gold Coast academic says the government should encourage poorer families to have less children out of fear many are ending up in foster care.

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Irrawaddy Division Govt Investigates Alleged Child Abuse at Orphanage

The Irrawaddy Division government is investigating alleged abuse of children at an orphanage run by Buddhist monks in the village of Apyin Yay Sine, Labutta Township, a regional minister told The Irrawaddy.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Three Georgia child protection workers fired after 10-year-old’s death

Three state child protection workers were fired Tuesday for mishandling the case of 10-year-old Kentae Williams, whose adoptive father allegedly drowned him in a bathtub in DeKalb County.

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“Clock Boy” Civil Rights Lawsuit Thrown Out

Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed brought a homemade clock to school to show his engineering teacher. However an alarm on the clock went off during English class, resulting in him being sent to the office and the clock confiscated as a possible bomb. His family filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Irving and Irving School District for discriminating against the boy, aka “Clock Boy, based on his religion.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

Trial date set for former CPS worker involved in Klapheke case

While a trial date was set Wednesday for one former Child Protective Services worker involved in the 2012 Tiffany Klapheke child death case, new evidence has postponed the trial of former regional director Martha "Bit" Whitaker.

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Foster parents arrested on child porn charges



Foster parents face child porn charges as a result of a complaint to authorities from one of their foster children, Dearborn County prosecutors announced Thursday.

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Lawyer targets foster care agency over 10-year-old's death

Lawyer Nadeem Bezar is preparing to sue a foster care agency over the death of 10-year-old Ethan Okula.

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Hundreds of California foster children are arrested when they lash out

California's foster children are some of the state's most vulnerable people, and the trauma out of being separated from loved ones means they may develop emotional problems.

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Slain foster mom wanted to save ‘all the throw-away kids’

The 61-year-old Grand Junction woman firmly believed in the good in every child, and for years opened her home to foster children.

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Indigenous children lose cultural connection in child welfare system – Windsor

An Indigenous woman who grew up in foster care unaware of her rich cultural background is worried the same fate will befall her own three children, who have been in the care of the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society since 2013. 

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Senate Unanimously Passes DCF Oversight Bill

The state Senate early Thursday unanimously passed a bill to increase oversight of the state Department of Children and Families.

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Group home runaway problem continues

Calls for police to help find runaways from group homes in the city continue at a high rate, keeping officers from other duties in the city, police said.

Three group homes in Haverhill called police 62 times for assistance with runaway residents from April 1 to May 3, a rate of almost two calls per day, according to statistics provided by police.

More >> Group home runaway problem continues

Appeals Court reverses ruling terminating parent's rights

The Arkansas Court of Appeals reversed today a Washington County Circuit judge's decision to terminate the parental rights of a couple who divorced then moved out of state and remarried.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

State workers fired after boy drowns in bathtub

Three state workers have been fired after a 10-year-old drowned in a bathtub.

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Arizona high court won’t review child welfare worker firings

An Arizona Supreme Court decision not to review a ruling upholding the firings of five social workers who said they were made scapegoats has put an end to a 2013 scandal that enveloped the state’s former Child Protective Services agency.

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New state audit finds problems with Union County foster care program

A review of the Union County Department of Social Services’ foster care program by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has found the agency failing to follow state policies and procedures in a majority of cases.

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Federal Monitor Of DCF Asks For Control Of Agency's Finances, Hiring

Twenty-six years after a landmark child-neglect lawsuit triggered federal oversight of the Department of Children and Families, the competing sides are squaring off with a ferocity not seen since the class-action case — Juan F. vs. O'Nell — was first filed.

More >> Federal Monitor Of DCF Asks For Control Of Agency's Finances, Hiring

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Foster children allege sexual abuse in Larson, Harper home


At least two children have said they were sexually abused while living with then-Union County DSS supervisor Wanda Sue Larson and her boyfriend Dorian Harper.

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Corrupt social worker sold adopted child’s address to pay for £2k holiday

A corrupt social worker from Weston betrayed the trust of an adopted child’s family by asking her birth mother for £2,000 in return for revealing the little girl’s new address – despite fears she would be abducted.

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House endorses task force to dig into Kansas’ privatized foster care

The House unanimously voted to send the Senate a bill Monday creating a task force to better protect children in Kansas’ privatized foster care system and intensify scrutiny of contractors hired by the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback to care for neglected kids in state custody.

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Commentary: How Legislature is making Texas’ foster care system worse

These are the words I heard last week from two siblings on my foster care docket in Travis County court. The children did not specify what religion, race or sexual orientation their foster family must be; they simply wanted to sleep in a safe, caring home rather than a hotel, state office or cold, institutional setting.

Regrettably, the response by the Department of Family and Protective Services was that right now there is no foster family for them in the entire state of Texas — even after an exhaustive search by DFPS lasting nearly two months.


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Indigenous families fight to get children in care back to their families

Last April, her baby Mary Jane was apprehended by social services at the hospital soon after her birth.

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Lawmakers want answers from state child welfare officials

Some Illinois lawmakers are demanding answers from the about recent child abuse deaths and new policies that push investigators to speed up abuse and neglect investigations.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Junction man found guilty of eight sex-assault charges against boy, girl

A Mesa County jury returned a mixed batch of verdicts Friday in the trial of a 45-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a boy and girl over a span of several years.


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Program helps reunite former addicts, kids

This Mother’s Day, Jaime Rea will work her usual 4:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday shift at the doughnut shop she manages and then come home and probably watch a Disney movie as she “snugglebugs” with her 11-year-old son, Brandon Slezak, in the bamboo chair in the kitchen — all ordinary things that would have been impossible not long ago.

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Foster home fire that killed teen, caregiver blamed on bolted door, loose rules

On a Friday afternoon in February, a raging fire swept through a foster home near Lindsay, Ont., trapping a 14-year-old resident and two caregivers in a second-floor bedroom.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Idaho must act fast to fix broken foster-care system

Kelsey Peterson and her husband talked about fostering children even before they married in 2011. The young couple was finally licensed to foster in May 2015, allowed to take in two children between newborn and 3 years old.

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Uniting foster carer charged with sexual assault of nine-year-old boy in his care

It is alleged the 57-year-old man committed a number of acts over three years but his partner still has custody over four other foster children.

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Sheldon, Tallahassee friends, mixed up in Illinois child welfare agency woes

George Sheldon, a well-known figure in Florida politics who took over Illinois’ troubled child welfare agency in 2015, is embroiled in ongoing state ethics probes and facing scrutiny over contracts given to past campaign donors and consultants.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Former CPS investigator, husband indicted in child sexual assault case

A McLennan County grand jury this week indicted Heather Michelle Bond, 29, a former CPS investigator, on a charge of endangering a child. It also indicted her husband, Preston Lewis Bond, 43, on two counts of sexual assault of a child, three counts of indecency with a child by contact, and one count of indecency with a child by exposure.

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Broken system: Federal judge's 2015 ruling reveals disturbing details of Texas foster care system

For decades the state's foster care system has been described as "broken."

State lawmakers have tried several times to fix the system, often with disappointing results.

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Lynn Haven child protective investigator arrested for falsifying records.


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it arrested a Lynn Haven child protective investigator for falsifying records.

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Teen gets 60 years in jail for killing his foster father

Peter Henry, 19, was ordered to spend the next 60 years in jail for the 2014 murder of his then-foster father, longtime public radio host Marvell Johnson, according to the Anchorage District Attorney's Office.

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'Nobody there': Michigan child welfare workers say caseload records faked

Abused children may have been ignored because state officials assigned cases to employees who weren't there to work them, sources say and records suggest.

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Ex-social worker found guilty of filing false abuse claims

A former Kentucky state social worker has been convicted of filing false child abuse complaints against two people in Grayson County.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Foster Mother Arrested On Child Injury Charge



A 42-year-old foster mother, Michelle Lee Hayes, from Marshall Texas,  was arrested last week for injury to a child after she allegedly abused a toddler in her care which caused bruising, swelling and bleeding to the child’s brain.

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Note: She kind of looks like a deer caught in the headlights.  Eh..

Young adults, teens in foster care face several challenges when they age out of care

Each year an estimated 1,359 young adults age out of foster care in Texas.

Some leave as soon as they turn 18 while others continue to live in the state's care until they turn 22.

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Use of psychotropic drugs in foster children

Lethargic, unable to put thoughts together, acting like zombies and refusing to eat.

These are the ways some families have described their adoptive children who were prescribed psychotropic medications while under the state’s care.

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NDP foster child fiasco: NEW facts about “Baby Serenity’s torture chamber”

Shocking new facts have come out about the home that was Baby Serenity’s torture chamber.


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Portland foster care provider accused of embezzlement

The executive director of a now-closed Portland foster care agency has been indicted on charges she embezzled more than $800,000 from the nonprofit.

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New figures show 25 children in care or known to social services died last year

A 12-year-old girl who took her own life was among the 25 children in care or known to social services who died last year.

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Florida Uber driver with ties to foster care group accused of sexual assault

A concertgoer says her trip home from SunFest turned into a nightmare when an Uber driver sexually assaulted her in his silver Nissan Versa and then in her home, authorities say.

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GARY TODDLER'S MANNER OF DEATH RELEASED; FOSTER MOTHER CHARGED WITH MURDER


Authorities released new details about the killing of a 21-month-old girl who was found dead in her crib last week in Gary, Ind. Her foster mother has been charged in her murder.

More >> GARY TODDLER'S MANNER OF DEATH RELEASED; FOSTER MOTHER CHARGED WITH MURDER

What a bitch eh?

Bills would make CPS tape interviews with kids

On a sunny, early spring day in Lansing, Cary Flagg was itching for a fight.

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Over Half Of Social Workers Believe It’s OK To Search For A Client On Facebook

A new report published in April by child welfare professionals concludes that social workers find the internet useful for work, but are unclear about how it should be used in a child welfare setting.

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Police: Baby who died was in foster care at day care center

Maine State Police said Wednesday that a 16-month-old who died at a Raymond day care center Tuesday was there in foster care.

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House members wrangle over vaccines during foster care bill debate

The Texas House tentatively passed a bill Wednesday that would address major problems in the state’s troubled child welfare system, including overburdened caseworkers and timely health screenings of foster children.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

‘He threatened to kill us’ Foster mother reveals horror at discovering 12-year-old refugee son was a grown adult

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to kill us….”

Not only can’t we vet these savages, we can’t even remotely guess their age. The vast majority of the Muslim migrants are fit, male, and military age.

More >> ‘He threatened to kill us’ Foster mother reveals horror at discovering 12-year-old refugee son was a grown adult

School lunch shaming: Inside America's hidden debt crisis

He's learned two key truths: Just about every kid loves pizza, and an alarming number of American youngsters still can't afford a $2.35 lunch, despite the dramatic expansion of free and reduced lunch programs.

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Louisiana inmates freed from paying child support under legislative bill

A bill to eliminate child support obligations for Louisiana criminal defendants and convicted criminals while they are incarcerated cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Tuesday (May 9). The aim is encourage ex-inmates to find jobs upon release, although even the sponsor, Rep. Joe Marino III of Gretna, admitted: "It's not an easy bill" to support.


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Indiana foster mother suffocated 20-month-old girl, police say

A foster mother in northern Indiana is charged with murder after she told police she suffocated a 20-month-old child, according to court documents.

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Wisconsin officials fire back at Illinois over foster child incident

Wisconsin child welfare officials on Monday defended the handling of an incident involving a runaway Dane County foster child discovered in a high-crime area of Chicago last week, after Cook County Sheriff’s deputies could persuade no one, including the girl’s foster mother in Madison and two Dane County agencies, to come and take her home.


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Child abuse tips silenced for months by DCF computer glitch

Hundreds of reports about potential child abuse may have been overlooked for months because of a Florida Department of Children and Families computer glitch.

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Rooftop protest at children's minister Edward Timpson's Tarporley home comes to an end

A 59-year-old man was arrested at the end of a rooftop protest at Government minister Edward Timpson's house in Tarporley .


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FERRIER FILES: Tennessee children legally stolen

The Ellithorpes don't have date nights anymore. They don't use babysitters of any kind. When you hear their story, you will understand why.

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New mom says she was wrongly accused of heroin abuse

A northern Kentucky mother says she was wrongly accused of heroin abuse after false-positive drug test.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Attorney: Even the best parents should know rights in CPS investigation

Julie Baumer lost almost everything when she tried to do the right thing.

“There is no amount of compensation that can ever get back what I have lost,” she said.


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Kan. Agency: Foster Care Oversight Committee Would Jeopardize $48M In Federal Funds

A bill to increase oversight of the Kansas foster care system hit a snag after state officials said its wording could jeopardize millions in federal funding.

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Texas House passes bill to keep more kids out of foster care

Lawmakers have only three weeks to get through a number of fix-it bills that are designed to overhaul the state’s struggling Child Protective Services system.

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Illinois Sheriff Blasts Wisconsin Over Foster Child

An Illinois sheriff blasted Wisconsin officials Monday for not picking up a runaway Dane County foster child arrested in Chicago.

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Bentonville man accused of sexually assaulting foster child

A former Arkansas Department of Human Services employee faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl.

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Monday, May 08, 2017

While kids slept in offices, foster beds went empty

The plight of foster children forced to sleep on air mattresses in offices last summer led to outrage and the state ordering additional oversight of Eckerd Kids, the agency that runs child welfare in Hillsborough County.

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Father sues child welfare agency in deaths of son, stepdaughter

Anthony Singleton lies awake most nights haunted by questions of what he could have done to prevent the death of his infant son and three-year-old step-daughter. He searches for signs he might have missed in the behavior of his wife, who is charged with killing them.

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NT child protection is fragmented and under-resourced, judge says

The Northern Territory system of child protection is fragmented and under-resourced, and left children in dangerous situations far beyond the point of early intervention, a judge and former chief magistrate has told the royal commission.


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The foster mother of a toddler found dead in northwest Indiana is facing multiple felony charges, including murder, in connection with the child’s death.

Abuse allegations lead to spike in teachers placed on leave in a Maryland suburb

More than 500 school employees in Prince George’s County have been placed on administrative leave at some point during this school year in response to alleged child abuse or neglect — a sharp spike over previous years amid a push to report suspicious conduct.

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'She had so much pain': A death in a child welfare system far from home

Eleven months before her death, 12-year-old Amy Owen posted a picture on Facebook of a downcast girl on a swing with the words: “I am just a kid and my life is a nightmare.”

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BREAKING: Forced Adoption Protesters Occupy Children’ s Minister Ed Timpson’s House

Forced Adoption Campaigners have been protesting outside Edward Timpson MP’s house for the last 72 hours in a bid to raise awareness about the practice.

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Court documents show foster child filed complaint against the Spurgeons while in Alabama

Two foster parents from the Shoals are accused of hurting the children they were supposed to protect.

Florence police charged Daniel and Jenise Spurgeon with almost 700 counts of child abuse, sex abuse, rape, sodomy, sexual torture and human trafficking in March 2017.

More >> Court documents show foster child filed complaint against the Spurgeons while in Alabama

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Foster Kids in System Are Aging Out

As Arkansas's foster care crisis continues, the state is working to address problems like a shortage of foster homes and overloaded caseworkers. But one issue is often overlooked -- the number of kids who "age out of the system" without family support, direction, or knowing how to survive.

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Students were manning office when CAS volunteer picked up wrong child

A Scarborough mother says her family was put through a terrifying afternoon after her six-year-old son was mistakenly pulled out of school and taken by the Children’s Aid Society for almost three hours Tuesday.

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Foster mother charged in baby girl’s death in Gary

A 32-year-old Gary woman was charged after a 20-month-old baby girl was found dead, police said Saturday.

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

Prison for Dayton pastor, wife in foster son’s death

Prosecutors called for maximum and consecutive sentences for Torace Weaver, which they calculated at 18 years to life.

“The 20 separate blunt force injuries to Stanley’s head, face and neck, in conjunction with the disfiguring burns to his arm and buttock, and the fatal injury to the back of his skull represent a depraved disregard for the life of a child that needed the care, protection and support that this Defendant, as his foster father, was supposed to provide,” wrote assistant prosecutor Kelly Madzey. “Nothing less than a severe sentence is warranted in this case.”

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Computer glitch delays abuse hotline reports

CBS12 Investigates uncovered a serious malfunction with a state abuse reporting hotline that is causing a ripple effect in our community.

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Big caseloads, high turnover: Former DCYF workers highlight problems

The New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families is in charge of protecting children from abuse and neglect, but that work can be tough on the people doing it.

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Kids sue agency for sending them to 'unsafe' Long Island foster home after accused molester is acquitted

A Long Island jury may have decided that an accused serial molester of foster children could walk free Tuesday — but the legal fight for the kids isn’t over.

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Ojibway teen sleeping in Ottawa mall stairwell after aging out of group home

An Ojibway teen is sleeping in the stairwell of the Rideau Centre parking garage in downtown Ottawa after aging out of his group home.

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Friday, May 05, 2017

Foster parent jailed for 10 years for string of rape and sexual assaults of children including girl, 5, in Dunfermline

A 'CRUEL, cowardly and wicked' foster parent who committed a catalogue of rape and sexual abuse against children has been jailed for 10 years.

More >> Foster parent jailed for 10 years for string of rape and sexual assaults of children including girl, 5, in Dunfermline

Ridge foster dad acquitted of sexual abuse will sell story, attorney says

A former foster father acquitted by a Riverhead jury earlier this week of charges he sexually abused six boys in his care wants to sell his story to earn money to support himself, according to his attorney.

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Delta Employee Threatens To Arrest Parents And Put Child In Foster Care

After the United PR disaster in which footage of a doctor being forcefully removed from an overbooked plane went viral, you'd think airlines would realize that they're always being filmed. But now, footage from a Delta flight in which an employee tells a husband and wife that they'll be arrested and their infant son placed in foster care if they don't vacate their seats is hitting the internet.

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Report: Grand jury finds 'disturbing practices' in Rockbridge Child Protective Services

The court has unsealed a report from the grand jury on the investigation into the Rockbridge County Department of Social Services.

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'Evil' Hull foster carer sexually abused children for years

An "evil" Hull foster carer raped his granddaughter and two young children in his care despite a neighbour reporting the abuse

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Tiahleigh Palmer’s mother reveals what’s driving her pursuit for justice

The biological mother of Tiahleigh Palmer has exclusively revealed what’s driving her pursuit for justice, as the case comes before court again.

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'What else is out there?' Will County judge asks DCFS in wake of toddler's death

Expressing continued frustration over the death of a 16-month-old Joliet Township girl, a Will County judge Wednesday said she wants all the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services cases in the county to be brought to her courtroom.


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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

The Latest: Attorney says foster parent's reputation ruined

The attorney for a New York foster parent acquitted of sex abuse and other charges predicts his client will never get his reputation back.

Donald Mates says Cesar Gonzales-Mugaburu will never be known as an innocent man who was wrongly charged.

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Audit finds problems in privatized foster care system, faults DCF for lax oversight

The private nonprofit agencies that manage Kansas’ foster care system do not have the capacity in many parts of the state to handle the volume of cases they deal with, and the Kansas Department for Children and Families often does not conduct adequate oversight of those contractors.  Those are the findings of a Legislative Post Audit report on the foster care program that was delivered to lawmakers Friday.  However, auditors also said there would be enormous costs for the state if it decided to take back control and operation of the program itself. The report was the third and final part of a comprehensive audit that lawmakers ordered following two deaths in 2014 of children who were in the foster care system. …

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St. Louis Foster Mother Charged With Boy's Fatal Beating

A St. Louis foster mother has been charged with fatally beating a 3-year-old boy 17 month ago.

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Supervised visitation company calls last week's Amber Alert 'isolated incident'

An executive with the firm whose social worker got distracted enough to allow a mother to snatch her 2-year-old during a supervised visit called last week’s incident an “isolated” one.

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Judge demands answers from DCFS concerning dead 1-year-old

An Illinois judge is demanding to know what did state child care workers do to help the family of a 1-year-old girl who was found dead in their home.

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Overloaded Kansas foster care system sometimes requires children to sleep overnight in offices

KV Health Systems, headquartered in the greater Kansas City area, is a private nonprofit that specializes in behavioral health care, child welfare, and community health and wellness. The Capital-Journal has learned as many on as six nights in the past month, a child waiting to be placed in foster care has slept overnight in a KVC Health System office.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Ontario indigenous leaders want mandatory inquest when a child dies at group home

Indigenous leaders want a mandatory inquest to be held whenever an indigenous child dies while in care at an Ontario group home.

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St. Louis foster mother charged with fatally beating toddler

A St. Louis foster mother has been charged with fatally beating a toddler in 2015.

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Aylesbury parents accused of shaking baby 'treated like monsters'

A couple accused of hurting their daughter in a suspected shaken baby case said they had been treated like "monsters".

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LI foster father accused of sexually abusing 8 boys is acquitted of all charges



A New York foster parent who took in more than 100 boys over two decades and was accused of sexually abusing some of them has been acquitted of all charges.

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Court rules civil commitment statutes don’t apply to foster children, North Star Hospital

A three-year-long legal argument about committing foster children to North Star Behavioral Health Hospital is one step closer to resolution. A judge ruled in late March that the Office of Children’s Services can legally commit foster kids to the psychiatric hospital without getting a judge’s approval.

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Woman sexually abused while in state care as child awarded $1M

Florida lawmakers have approved a million dollar payment to a young woman who was sexually abused as a child while in state care.

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The 2 month CPS Celebration continues with: National Foster Care Appreciation Month

May is National Foster Care Appreciation Month, and the Mesa County Commissioners gave a proclamation to a foster care family on Monday, May 1.

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Monday, May 01, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Authorities investigate the death of infant boy in foster care

The death of an infant boy who died Sunday while in foster care with the Forsyth County Department of Social Services remains under investigation, though a preliminary autopsy did not reveal anything suspicious in the child’s death.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Foster son died after being locked in a hot cupboard for two days with no food or water

This is an old story, but his memory should live on. 


In August 2006, 3-year-old Marcus Fiesel went missing. His foster mum Liz Carroll claimed he’d been kidnapped. Someone knew what had happened to him, but the culprits turned out to be shockingly close to home.

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Baby boy dies unexpectedly while in foster care

An investigation is underway after a 5-month-old baby boy died unexpectedly while in foster care on Sunday.

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Former Bendigo child protection worker pleads guilty to possessing child exploitation material

A FORMER Bendigo child protection worker who downloaded at least 980 child exploitation images has been told he must “reflect” on the victims of child abuse.

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Former group home worker charged with sex trafficking 17-year-old girl


In a sting operation targeting ‘Backpage.com,’ Cranston Police and the Department of Homeland Security nabbed 27-year-old Reysean Williams for trying to sell a 17-year-old girl for sex.

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‘I WILL FILE A CPS REPORT’: PEDIATRICIAN’S BLUNT MESSAGE ABOUT VACCINES IS GOING VIRAL

Vaccines are one of the most hotly debated topics when it comes to parenting today. In recent years, many parents have opted not to vaccinate due to concerns over the shots causing autism. (Andrew Wakefield, the former doctor who spearheaded these fears with his 1998 research paper, lost his medical license after it was found that he lied about his findings.)

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Requirements for foster care workers too high, Kansas agency says

Requirements to work in Kansas’ foster care system are too high, the agency in charge said Friday after a new audit found the state’s foster care contractors have difficulty employing enough workers.

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Note: Yeah!  Any monkey can do that job, right?

Audit finds problems in privatized foster care system, faults DCF for lax oversight

The private nonprofit agencies that manage Kansas' foster care system do not have the capacity in many parts of the state to handle the volume of cases they deal with, and the Kansas Department for Children and Families often does not conduct adequate oversight of those contractors.

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Kansas DCF: Lower requirements for social workers would improve recruiting

State standards for social workers are too high, dampening the Department for Children and Family’s ability to fill positions in a time when the need for foster care is growing, the agency’s leader said Friday in response to a state audit that showed contractors are finding it difficult to hire social workers.


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Parents speak out after being accused of abusing their baby girl

Parents who were separated from their baby girl after being falsely accused of abusing her are speaking out to raise awareness of the condition that led to her being taken away.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Infowars' Alex Jones loses child custody battle


Infowars' Alex Jones has lost a custody over his three kids with ex-wife Kelly Jones in a case where the fiery conspiracy theorist's attorney argued that he is only "playing a character" on his show.

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Missouri trial ordered for woman accused in foster child’s death

A southwestern Missouri woman has been ordered to stand trial in connection with the 2001 death of a nearly 2-year-old foster child.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Foster father had history of violent temper before murder-suicide

NBC2 uncovered exclusive new details about a Fort Myers High School student who was murdered by her foster father last week.

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DCF official: 'Long road of rehab' ahead for Victor Barahona

Victor Barahona has been released from the hospital and is recovering from life-threatening burn injuries at a therapeutic foster home in Miami-Dade County, Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins said at a press conference this morning.

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Jurors deliberate for 3rd day in foster father sex abuse trial

Jurors deliberated for a third day Wednesday in the trial of a Ridge foster father accused of sexually abusing several boys in his care.

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DHHS Commissioner: Schofield case changed the department

Sally Ann Schofield was a caseworker and foster parent, for Maine's Department of Health and Human Services, when she caused the death of a child in her custody.

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DCYF reports little progress to joint committee

A joint House-Senate committee appointed to review the status of child protective services in New Hampshire got deep into the weeds at the Division for Children, Youth and Families, and discovered that not much has changed when it comes to the day-to-day functioning of the troubled agency.

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Lehigh teen killed in foster care; mom demands answers

A North Fort Myers mother is looking for answers after her daughter was killed while living in foster care.

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Former Pawtucket group home employee accused of sex-trafficking teen in DCYF care

A former staff counselor at a group home was charged this week with sex trafficking a teenage girl who was under the care of the state Department of Children, Youth and Families.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lawmakers agree to pay surviving Barahona victim $3.75 million

The Florida Legislature has agreed to pay the surviving victim of one of the most horrific child abuse cases in state history $3.75 million in legal damages Wednesday and sent the bill to the governor for his signature.

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Review panel blasts DCF for failing to save Nubia

The three members of an independent review panel blasted child welfare officials Thursday for their "inept" response to allegations that Nubia Barahona was being abused before she was killed by her adoptive father last month and issued dozens of recommendations they hope will keep other children safe.

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Mother, children missing after attack on Miami DCF caseworker

Police continued their search Thursday for five missing children and their mother, who punched a state caseworker who had come to take away the kids. The mother then fled with the children herself.

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State to pay $300,000 to settle lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by foster parent

The state has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a federal lawsuit brought by the guardians of two girls who said a foster parent sexually abused the children.

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Legislative Update: Reforming the Child Abuse Registry to Protect Parental Rights

HB 4100 is an important bill filed in the Texas legislature to protect parental rights, specifically related to the Child Abuse Registry. This bill, authored by home school mom and state Representative Stephanie Klick, is designed to protect parents from being unjustly placed on the registry.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nebraska senators push to let teachers restrain students

Conservative lawmakers in Nebraska are pushing for a bill that would allow teachers to use physical force to restrain disruptive students, bucking a national trend toward less physical restraint in classrooms.

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Life in College After a Life in Foster Care

Being an extrovert is a double-edged sword. I can speak confidently in my college classes and in front of large groups. But everyone seems to think I’ve got it all under control, and I rarely feel that way. There’s a ticking clock always in the back of my mind. I need to graduate and become financially independent before the support I get from the foster care system disappears.

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Maine woman who killed 5-year-old foster child is released from prison

A Maine woman who was convicted of manslaughter after binding a 5-year-old foster child in a high chair with duct tape in 2001 was released from prison Tuesday.

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Luke's Army Hijacking Update

I have to provide an update on the Luke's Army Facebook Group Hijacking.  You can view the original announcement here.
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What we already know...

The Facebook group Luke's Army, an Australian Support Group for families dealing with Child Welfare issues, with over 14,000 members is currently being held hostage in an archived state and is only being opened occasionally long enough for the person in control to spew a little crap against members, past admin and the groups founder Michael Borusiewicz aka Luke's Dad.

The current admin who goes by the name of Davidson Shannon Kyle is claiming that this is  at the request of the family of Little Luke Borusiewicz who was murdered in 2009 at the age of 2 while in the Australian Foster Care System.  However, the page was made in Luke's honor by his father and Luke's memory will stay alive one way or another.



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New developments... 




The group was opened yesterday, approx 2:20 AM Australian Time for just enough time for the current admin to post some garbage.  Davidson Claimed the following...


The rest can be read by members of the original group...  https://www.facebook.com/groups/LukesArmy/

but I really don't want to wast any more time on that since it's all a crock, as it has come to my attention that someone else has claimed responsibility for the hijacking.  This screenshot was taken on April 25th, and I believe was said a few days ago.


I already had a reasonable suspicion that Mr. Aster was involved, but this pretty much confirms it.  

My original suspicion came from the fact that the current Admin of Luke's Army, this Davidson Shannon Kyle person, posted a piece in defense of Mr. Aster regarding Pedophilia claims and Child Porn Charges which I pointed out in the original announcement.  Of course as soon as I made that announcement, another of Mr Aster's online personalities or supporters (it's hard to tell the difference when it's all in the same tone or writing style) has come to his defense on that blog post as well in the comments demanding that I prove the guilt of Mr. Aster.

However, in all honesty, I couldn't give a rats ass about John Aster.  I blocked this nut job years ago. He is one of 7 people who I've blocked out of the thousands who I have had contact with on Facebook over the last few years.  1 of 7.  I really don't care about him or his issues or his legal problems or anything else about him.  In fact, I never would have mentioned his name had he not messed with Luke's Army.

I do care that he  poses as a family rights advocate.  I care that he is messing with Luke's Army which is in all actuality not a move against Michael, but a cheap shot to little Luke in whose honor this group was founded as well as a cheap shot to the people who have gathered there in need of support, friendship and guidance.  

And I care that he's making threats against members of the group.




I have also made my offer to Mr. Aster as he is aware.  I will delete all of this if he releases Luke's Army.  I will remove any discussion about him being a pedophile in any group that I am admin to.  All he has to do is hand Luke's Army to me and wash his hands of it, and wage his little war with whoever on a different playing field.


Ontario foster care plan failing youth exiting system

Ontario’s foster care plan is failing to affect positive life trajectories for youth aging out of the system.

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TN social welfare department to shut 300 illegal children's homes

The Tamil Nadu social welfare department has already shut about 554 unregistered children’s homes and has identified 300 more to be closed down, reported The Times of India.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Alberta child intervention panel wants to hear from families before publication ban recommendation

One member of the Alberta all-party child intervention panel who was part of a previous roundtable on the matter says the decision to lean toward public accountability over family privacy should be dialed back.

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I am now going to post a response to this.


Letter to the Alberta Child Welfare Review Panel:

cipanel.submissions@gov.ab.ca

There is a problematic factor which is impeding progress and that elephant in the room cannot be escaped: The wrong people are at the Child Welfare table. The Panel consists of some members which "have NO background in child care and yet are being asked to make decisions to change the parts of the System that are failing our children and families." (Direct quote from a Panelist.)


Now Publication Bans are being revisited by Panelists. Meanwhile, I have stood at far too many vigils for children murdered by their caregivers. One little child and her family particularly remain close to my heart because both of our girls were harmed in Morinville:

At the memorial for the child which took place upon the Alberta Legislature steps, a mother needed to beg camera-persons to stop recording because of the Publication Ban.

Although another woman killed that mother's child, it was the mother herself who faced 6 months imprisonment or $10K fine for simply paying tribute to her daughter by speaking her name. It was at that moment that I vowed to challenge this inhumane, unfair, harmful practice.

I, myself, was threatened by lawsuit and those individuals even attempted to have me criminally charged to prevent me from speaking the truth about what my daughter endured.

My daughter's name is Samantha Martin. I was the first person in the Province to successfully have the Court lift the ban so that I could legally share the truth. I taught other parents and their counsel how to challenge the oppressive ban.

Taking this right away again would be detrimental to justice and the most disrespectful move backwards one could impose upon a deceased child; to steal their identity along with life!

It took great efforts to move forward towards transparency. Silence is never a friend to the victim. NO MORE SILENCE!

Sincerely,

Velvet Martin,
Spokesperson for Protecting Canadian Children
Founder of Samantha's Law

Penn State Receives $7.7 Million Grant For First National Child Maltreatment Research Center

Penn State will create the nation’s first center for child mistreatment studies after receiving a $7.7 million grant.

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Jury deliberations set to begin in trial of Long Island foster father accused of sexual abuse



Jury deliberations are set to begin Monday in the trial of a foster father on Long Island who is accused of sexually abusing boys in his care.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tiahleigh Palmer's foster brother looks to skip hearing

The foster brother of slain Brisbane schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer has sought to move the case against him forward without going to a committal hearing.

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Foster Parents Give Horrific Punishment To 6yo Girl For Bedwetting

A 6-year-old girl was rushed to the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital and in critical condition after her foster parents, Shyamal and Sandhya Sen, poured chili powder on her genitals for wetting the bed.

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Severe shortage: Idaho foster parents quit almost as fast as they're recruited

Couples sat at a horseshoe of tables, in a room decorated with motivational posters. “Vision” depicted a boat on still water, and “Leadership” featured the silhouette of a horse.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Greendale Foster Parents Facing Child Seduction, Child Porn Charges

A set of foster parents is facing multiple charges following accusations of child seduction.

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Alberta’s child welfare system is in a state of disrepair

In December 2016, Alberta Human Services formed a 10-person panel to investigate what critics said was government’s failure to properly handle and thoroughly examine the death of four-year-old Serenity, a young brutalized child who died from a brain injury in 2014. The coroner’s office noted that the child’s emaciated body also showed signs that she’d been sexually abused. But the panel’s job goes much deeper than investigating a single case of government bungling and indecision. The child welfare system and the kinship care program are flawed and everyone in the province, particularly the Indigenous population, knows it. Though the Indigenous population in Alberta represents less than six percent of the total head-count, 60 percent of children in care are Indigenous children.

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NC bill would toughen rules for parent-child reunification

The court-appointed guardian for a toddler who drowned after he was reunited with his mother said Thursday that a bill to strengthen rules for when children are returned to parents would fix a small but important part of North Carolina's broken social services system. 
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I just have to point this out. North Carolina has had a couple articles come out over the last couple of days. One says that the state is having record numbers of kids aging out of the foster care system, the 2nd (above) is about a bill that would make it tougher for parents to get their kids back from foster care which would probably cause more kids to age out of foster care, wouldn't it?

There is something just wrong with this. It shows that legislators seriously need to be educated on these issues because all they are doing is voting for every feel good program that has the words "Child Abuse" in them with little to no understanding of the issue or the consequences.
More teenagers in North Carolina aged out of foster care in 2016 than in any of the previous 15 years, according to the Children’s Home Society. 
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Foster parent arrested for shaking baby



A foster father has been arrested and charged with physical abuse of a child after he reportedly admitted to shaking his 5-month-old foster child on March 29.

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Foster care agency leaders quit amid teen suicides, other turmoil

Beset by turmoil over the recent suicides of two foster children in their care — and persistent complaints that they were overly secretive and unresponsive — three of the top administrators of Miami’s Our Kids child welfare agency have resigned.

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Murdered girl was a foster care runaway, who no one reported missing

For many, adding to the tragedy of 15-year-old Stacy Duke's murder is knowing she was here in Bakersfield seemingly alone. The teen's older brother says she was loved, but she had a difficult life. He says Stacy did what she had to do in order to survive.

More >> Murdered girl was a foster care runaway, who no one reported missing

For troubled foster kids in Houston, sleeping in offices is "rock bottom"

No child is supposed to sleep or spend more than a few hours at the Harris County Youth Services Center's Point of Entry in Houston. But Texas' foster care placement crisis has forced some of the state's most troubled teens to sleep in a place that isn't equipped to care for them.  

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Sugar Grove man convicted of abusing foster child now sued

A Sugar Grove man recently convicted of sexually assaulting a foster child for more than a decade has been sued by his victim.

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More N.C. teens are aging out of foster care

More teenagers in North Carolina aged out of foster care in 2016 than in any of the previous 15 years, according to the Children’s Home Society.

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'Unacceptable': Police Chief Says DCF Preventing Investigators From Speaking to Witness About Missing Teen

Authorities in Massachusetts claim the state's child welfare agency is preventing them from interviewing a 15-year-old girl who they say ran away from a group home with a 13-year-old girl who is still missing.

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Mississippi ranks last in child welfare, foster system struggles

Children across the country face hardships when it comes to opportunity and living situations, but Mississippi children may have it worse than most.

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LONG ISLAND FOSTER FATHER SEXUAL ABUSE TRIAL ENTERS CLOSING ARGUMENTS PHASE

Closing arguments are set to begin on Friday in the trial of a Long Island foster dad who's accused of sexually abusing boys in his care.

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Ohio pastor convicted of murder in young foster son's death

A former Ohio pastor has been convicted of murder and other charges in the death of his 2-year-old foster son.

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Ex-Montessori school director says she was fired for reporting child abuse allegations

A former school director for the Lake Hills Montessori school in Austin claims she was fired by the school’s owner, Sandra Karnstadt, in retaliation for reporting “ongoing child abuse” to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

NC Bill Would Toughen Rules for Parent-Child Reunification

The court-appointed guardian for a toddler who drowned after he was reunited with his mother said Thursday that a bill to strengthen rules for when children are returned to parents would fix a small but important part of North Carolina's broken social services system.

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The devastating impact of neglect on foster children

Psychologist Philip Fisher studies how foster care affects children’s neurobiological and psychological development. He emphasizes the need to move the science forward and to understand all the moving parts — what works for whom and why in the context of the interventions that are developed.

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Foster parent accused of sexually assaulting four foster children

A former foster parent and a retired Omaha firefighter is charged with his fourth sexual assault of a child offense. This all came to light after a 15 year-old girl came forward with her story to investigators at Project Harmony.

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Aussie teenager facing life imprisonment after pleading guilty to sex with younger foster sister

An Australian teenager faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment after pleading guilty to having sex with his younger foster sister.


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I Was Abused While Living In Foster Care

Six years, 312 weeks, 2,190 days ―- those are 3 different ways to describe how much time I spent living in 18 different group homes or foster homes as a ward of the Toronto Children’s Aid Society and a Crown Ward. No matter how you calculate it or sum it up, I was YOUR child as Crown Wards are children under legal guardianship of the province. Your tax dollars paid for my medication, your tax dollars fed me, and your tax dollars also paid for the salaries of the people who abused me over this six-year period.

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Road blocks in place as foster parents file taxes

With Tax Day looming, local foster parents are running into road blocks as they file. Some, even missing out on the tax breaks they deserve.

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Florida Senate OKs $3.75M For Barahona Boy Found Doused In Chemicals

Florida lawmakers have approved a plan to pay $3.75 million to a boy involved in a case that rocked the state’s child-welfare system in 2011.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Connecticut lawmaker tells colleagues to pay attention to federal audit of child welfare agency

It was largely a public hearing about the spending cap, which is why his message in support of Connecticut’s children may have gotten lost.

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Woman facing hundreds of child abuse charges to get bail

A former foster parent charged with more than 300 criminal offenses against children in her care had her bail set Tuesday at $2 million by an Alabama judge.

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Announcement: Luke's Army archived after being taken over by a very bad man

I don't often write about the drama in the Family Rights movement on Facebook, but this I can't let go by.  I have a sad announcement to make.


The Facebook Group known as Luke's Army has been archived by some asshole by the name of Davidson Shannon Kyle who apparently somehow became an admin, booted all the other admins and moderators, and has threatened to delete the group altogether.

The group, which was made in honor of Luke Borusiewicz who died from head injuries at the age of two while in the Australian Foster Care System, was made by his dad Michael Borusiewicz and has become one of the largest family rights groups on Facebook.  The group provided support and friendship to victims of the Australian Child Welfare System.

Although this Davidson Shannon Kyle person is claiming that this is the request of the family, who want's Luke to be able to rest in peace, I do not for a minute believe that Michael Borusiewicz would want this as he created the group specifically to keep Luke's memory alive.  Michael was also man enough to admit that he screwed up.  He never made it about what CPS did to him, but always rather what they tragically did to little Luke.


It is also being rumored that Michael is currently under attack by his cousin, a known pedophile by the name of John Aster, and that Mr. Aster is somehow responsible for this.  Although I have no conclusive evidence of this and claim that I only know it to be a rumor at this point, I mention it because it sounds like something he would do.  He has been known to make a fake account or two in the past and pass himself off as a family rights activist.  He is also an aggressive cyber-bully who will attack ruthlessly and wage war against anybody who calls him out, anyplace he can post to.  Coincidentally, I have been notified by a very reliable sources that Mr. Aster also popped his head in trying to join another group or two over the last couple days, one of which was founded by one of Mr Boruisiewicz's closest friends and allies.  The timing is just too good and so I assume the rumor to be true.

There is currently an effort to start over as well.  Admins will be limited however.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/WeAreLukesArmy/
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Update: Apparently overnight, this Davidson Shannon Kyle asshole unarchived the group long enough to post somewhat of an explanation for what he did.

In this explanation he writes the following, bashing Michael and in support of John Aster, who obviously gave himself away.  If this is not John Aster himself, then it's one of his cronies.

FROM MICHAEL AND LUKE BORUSIEWICZ FAMILY
“Michael is and has been all his life a bad egg. We hoped he would change. Instead he continues to attack and assault people all his life. This network is and has been used for illegal activity to include obtaining friends who are on Meth for illegally distributing drugs and finding like minded people. Luke would never of wanted this. Michael has attacked John Aster as being a pedophile something that is totally untrue and soon there will be other evidence to confirm this is not true. There is also a certificate confirming he is not a criminal issued by police. This certificate is standard for anyone not having any criminal record. Justice of the Peace can obtain the same certificates. To allow supporters to destroy a person when there has and never will be a child that has been harmed by John Aster is very disgusting. Now we as a family wish it to be closed or having a name change and good people running as admins. Luke was born having drugs in his system. Luke was born to a mother and father who continued to do drugs and refusing to get off drugs. Michael was running a Meth house. Luke remained in care while the government had hoped Michael or his wife would stop doing drugs. Luke would never want to be known that his father uses his name for obtaining drugs or money for illegal purposes. “

The whole post can be read here.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/LukesArmy/permalink/10158570367288125/

Barrie police used illegal searches to check on children, court rules

Barrie police violated citizens’ rights by engaging in a “systemic practice of warrantless searches” to check on the well-being of children, an Appeal Court has ruled.


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Foster care in Dublin south central 'crisis-led with significant risks to children'

AN inspection of foster care services in Dublin south central has found it is crisis-led with significant risks to children across a range of areas.

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Arizona won't require warrants before Department of Child Safety takes children

The Republic's political team on April 18, 2017, talks about the latest political news affecting Arizona, including 2018 candidates, Sen. Jeff Flake's town hall and how a bill to require child-welfare officials to get warrants fell apart.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

School-issued computers spy on children in US without parental consent – digital rights group

School-issued computer devices – provided to one-third of school children across the US – collect excessive amounts of highly sensitive personal data on the students without parental consent or even prior notice, a new study finds.

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Baby caught in legal limbo highlights woes of court delays

An Ontario judge has issued a call to reduce court delays in child-protection cases after a baby born with opiates in his bloodstream lived in legal limbo for 22 months, and now must be pulled away from his foster mother as he is put up for adoption. Ontario law sets out 12 months as the maximum stay in state care for a child under 6.

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